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ERIC Number: EJ822096
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008
Pages: 14
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 28
Students with Psychiatric Disabilities on Campus: Examining Predictors of Enrollment with Disability Support Services
Collins, Mary Elizabeth; Mowbray, Carol T.
Journal of Postsecondary Education and Disability, v21 n2 p91-104 2008
Because of advances in psychotropic medications, psychiatric rehabilitation methods, the implementation of civil rights legislation, and empowerment movement of consumers with psychiatric disabilities, students with mental illnesses are increasingly able to access and complete higher education. Disability services offices on college campuses can be an important resource to these students. This article reports the results of a survey of disability services offices at colleges and universities in 10 states. Data were collected from 275 disability services offices regarding the number of students with psychiatric disabilities seeking assistance, characteristics of the disability services office, and the services provided. We tested a multivariate model examining the relationship between a set of predictor variables (characteristics of the school and disability services office) and the number of students with psychiatric disabilities enrolled with the disability services office. Significant predictors included size of school, school type, and having an outreach/recruitment policy regarding students with psychiatric disabilities. Also significant were several characteristics of the disability service office. (Contains 1 figure and 4 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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